Check back during the summer of 2016 for info about the
2016 Writers Conference
coming this October!
2015 Writers Conference
Saturday, October 10, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
North York Central Library
5120 Yonge St. (at the North York Centre subway stop)
- Meet teen writers from across the city
- Hear keynote speaker novelist and journalist Craig Davidson
- Meet published professionals
- Work with them in workshops to improve your craft
- Get your work published in the Instant Anthology magazine
- Meet the library Young Voices electronic writer in residence Eve Silver
- Win prizes!
A crash course in comics!
Join cartoonist Megan Kearney for a crash-course in comics, graphic novels, and manga! Megan will break down the steps involved in taking a comic from concept to print; from scripting and thumbnailing, to inking and colouring, to getting your work online or on the shelves!
Playwright now workshop!
Do you feel that you have a script inside you waiting to be released? Are you convinced it will never get written? In this workshop, featuring London, Ontario born actor and playwright Andrea Scott, you will become aware of your startling ability to become a playwright. All you need to bring is an open mind, the willingness to say yes, and a pen (or a laptop, if you choose!).
Mining Your Life: Using Your Experiences as Fictional Fodder
Does everything in your stories need to be made up? Craig Davidson shares one of the biggest lessons he ever learned: a person's own life and experiences have fictional value. Learn how to use the details of your life and history in your fictional worlds. Presented by conference keynote speaker, author and journalist Craig Davidson (a.k.a. Nick Cutter).
The Power of Your Voice
Words are powerful! Words have the ability to destroy or empower. This workshop will provide an opportunity for young voices to use their words to go within themselves and explore their creative expression while building confidence in self, writing and performance. Spoken word Edutainer and Artivist Randell Ajei aims to give voice to the voiceless by using the power of words to inspire people to use their stories and art to help create community.
Confronting bias in journalism
How does a story change based on who tells it? How can reporters be truthful and respectful of their personal experiences and perspectives? Join author, artist, actor, activist and XTRA magazine journalist Ryan Kerr - and confront your bias!
Your Story Matters! Storytelling & Personal Narrative
Storytelling is not only a popular art form at live events and on podcasts worldwide, it can also help you develop and share with the world your experiences and unique perspective. Work with Toronto storyteller, writer and performer Catherine McCormick to discover, develop and share your own story and use it to write, perform and more!
What in the World!? An Interactive Worldbuilding Workshop
From a distant planet to the deepest point in the ocean, from a quiet hobbit hole to the action of a video game, from Middle Earth to middle grade - how does a writer create a world so real that the reader can feel the damp fog, taste the salt air, hear the thud of hooves or see the glow of the alien threat? Learn to pull readers in and make them believe! Award-winning author Eve Silver helps you free your imagination and hone your world-building skills.
Why does the world need my podcast!?
Pictured here with his cat Gary, CBC radio host, musician, editor, writer and creator of a renowned topical interview podcast called Kreative Kontrol, Vish Khanna gives you tips on how to make your podcast relevant - and needed by the world!
Bring a piece of your original art or original comic (no bigger than 8.5x11 piece of paper) or an original poem. These will be included in the Instant Anthology that you receive at the end of the workshop. It's totally free. For youth ages 12-19.
Young Voices Conference is sponsored by: